Juvenile and Children's Law Section

This section provides a forum for lawyers who deal with juvenile and children’s law. It produces CLE courses related to this practice area, distributes a newsletter to section members, and works toward improving juvenile justice and children’s law.

Immediate Past Chair
The Odeneal Firm
PO Box 392
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
LinkedIn: Stacie Odeneal
Po Box 4548
Chattanooga, TN 37405-0548
Karnes Legal Services
2273 North Highland Avenue Ste. A
Jackson, TN 38305-4909
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

ATJ Commission to Hold Family Law Summits Across Tennessee

The Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission is sponsoring a series of Regional Family Law Summits. The summits will bring together judges, court clerks, lawyers, mediators, law students, educators, and anyone interested in innovative ways to help Tennesseans with family law issues. West Tennessee's will be held Sept. 24 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Public Library in Memphis from 2 - 5:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee's will be held Sept. 25 at Nashville School of Law from 1:30 - 5 p.m. East Tennessee's will be held at the United Way in Knoxville from 1:30 - 5 p.m.
read more »

Juvenile Justice Conference Held in Knoxville

The 35th Annual Conference on Juvenile Justice was recently held in Knoxville, bringing together an array of judges, lawyers, advocates and experts to discuss some of the biggest issues facing children and families who become involved with Tennessee’s legal system. The opening session of this year’s conference was a two-part presentation on the over-representation of LGBTQ youth in the justice system. It was led by Davidson County Assistant District Attorney Stacy Miller and Pamela Sheffer, the director of the Just Us program at the Oasis Center. Another session centered on the ongoing opioid epidemic. That session was led by 4th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Duane Slone, Dr. Stephen Loyd and Amy Coble. Judge Slone has taken a leadership role in combating the opioid epidemic by spearheading the innovative TN ROCS docket in his district.
read more »